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Of course, it’s going to be a doozy. What first step wasn’t a doozy? What thing did you ever start for the first time that the first step wasn’t the hardest? The first time you walked. The first code you ever wrote. The first bug you ever worked on. If it wasn’t a doozy, it wouldn’t be worth doing. And if it wasn’t a doozy, it wasn’t something new.

It’s been done, there are no more wheels to invent. You can make them faster, you can use different materials, you can control them remotely and I’m sure there are a hundred other things you can do to tweak them and make them better. But you can’t reinvent them. The same might be for your product, your code, your team – you can’t reinvent it, it’s there, it works, it might need some tweaks, but…

I once worked with someone who would start complex problem/requirements discussions with this statement. It immediately set the room and easy while at the same time getting us all pumped up for a challenge. “WE CAN CODE ANYTHING” Those four words conveyed so much… We’ll figure this out.I have confidence in everyone’s abilities in the room.We can do this together.We might not know the answer, but we know the path to get there.I have faith.…

I love coding against APIs that other people have written. I think part of it is the entire idea around someone giving you a view into their world and how to do things within it and then you as a developer being able to connect that view to other views (APIs) that people have built. It’s that big wide-open connection of libraries that is just so completely interesting to see and work with. I say…

One day you are going to pick a product or tool to do a job that just doesn’t fit. Maybe it doesn’t work, maybe it doesn’t line up, maybe it simply doesn’t do what it was supposed to do. The only question in your mind is – “Now what am I supposed to do?” At this stage you have two options; Do a ton of work around this tool or product (I’m looking at you…